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OAKLAND Freddie Freeman Jersey , Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hardly cares how many home runs he hits this year if he can slug the Oakland Athletics much deeper into the postseason.Sure, he has some numbers in his head. How could he not after leading the majors with 48 homers last year? Perhaps 50 is now within reach.There was time for reflection, and it has now passed.“I did at the end of the season. Now I’m kind of like over it,” Davis said. “I want to pick up where I left off. I felt like I ended the season on a good note, making it to the playoffs. Nobody thought we’d get there. Even though we lost, there was a lot to be proud of. It was by far the most fun I’ve had playing baseball, because we won so many games. And winning is way better than losing.”With a young power-hitting lineup, the A’s realize they won’t surprise the rest of baseball as they did last year with their knack for late-game rallies and winning the close ones. Oakland lost the AL wild card game to the New York Yankees.“We’ve come a long way as a team to get into this type of position,” manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s easier to envision where the lineup’s going to be and look a little bit farther down the road with this type of team than with teams where you’re kind of always having to mix and match.”Here are some things to watch for as the A’s look to start strong, beginning in Japan on March 20 against the AL West rival Seattle Mariners:MOMENTUM TIME: Melvin expects his A’s to have swagger, a well-deserved confidence after the remarkable turnaround of 2018.The A’s trailed the Mariners by 11 games in the wild-card race on June 15 then propelled themselves into the playoffs with a superb second half.“We were able to, through confidence, create the success, and now we have that kind of confidence to go into the season,” said Melvin, the reigning AL Manager of the Year.PROFAR’S PRESENCE: New second baseman Jurickson Profar joins a talented infield with a pair of slugging Matts — Matt Chapman at third and Matt Olson at first — along with much-improved Marcus Semien at shortstop.Profar knows how good his new club can be after watching the A’s beat his former Texas Rangers so many times before being traded.“Now I get the chance to play with them. So far, it’s fun,” he said. “I’m excited to get it started already and have a good year with everybody.”Profar batted .254 with 20 homers and 77 RBIs in 146 games last season while playing all four infield spots for the Rangers.He is embracing a new opportunity with Oakland.“They did great last year and we’re still young. I’m looking forward to doing it again, go to the playoffs and not only one game like last year. Keep going.”POWER PLAY: Davis, who received a $6 million raise this offseason to $16.5 million, also had a career-high 123 RBIs. He jokes about the fact he has hit .247 for each of the past four seasons.Olson hit 29 homers and drove in 85 runs while Chapman had 24 homers and 68 RBIs in his first full major league season. He is coming off left shoulder surgery in December.“Now that I think about it, wow, it was because of these young guys,” Davis said of the recent success. “They bring something fresh, and that’s what Oakland needs is some freshness.”ROTATION FACES: The A’s are counting on veteran starters Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada to lead the rotation until everyone is healthy again.Fiers returned on a $14.1 million, two-year deal in December , then Estrada received a $4 million, one-year contract in January.The A’s acquired Fiers in August from Detroit, and he helped the club reach the playoffs for the first time since 2014. He went 5-2 with a 3.74 ERA in 10 outings with nine starts after joining Oakland.Brett Anderson is back with the A’s and the lefty also is slated to be in the rotation when the season starts.Lefty ace Sean Manaea pitched a no-hitter against Boston on April 21 then underwent shoulder surgery in September. He is expected to be out until around the All-Star break.Jharel Cotton had Tommy John surgery in March, followed by three others who also underwent the elbow ligament replacement surgery: departed 2018 opening day starter Kendall Graveman, Daniel Gossett and top prospect A.J. Puk.TOP PROSPECT: While Jesus Luzardo didn’t get named to the roster for Japan, he is still hopeful of breaking camp with a big league spot. He will remain in Arizona to stay on a throwing schedule.The prized lefty made all of four starts at Triple-A Nashville last season, when he also pitched in Double-A and Class-A ball. A look back at the Dodgers opening week of the 2019 season, which was really four days, the four-game weekend series against the Diamondbacks."It was an eventful opening weekend for the Dodgers, who started off 2019 by setting a major league record for home runs hit on opening day, then the next night played the longest regular season game by time in Dodger Stadium history, followed by an 18-run outburst on Saturday that was their second-best offensive performance at Chavez Ravine.Then they took the series against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, overcoming a seven-run inning by Arizona to win 8-7. The end result was 42 runs scored, a franchise record for a four-game series, three more runs than the previous mark. They also mashed 14 home runs, though the offense wasn’t all power dependent. The Dodgers scored 19 runs on those 14 home runs, which left room for 23 more runs (5.75 per game) from everything else.Pitching was so-so, with a struggling bullpen allowing 13 runs in 19 innings, and the staff allowed Arizona to score 5.5 runs per game. But the bats did the heavy lifting in this opening weekend, sweeping all of that under the rug, winning three of their four games.Batter of the weekSo many candidates here, thanks to the unreal offensive production in the first four game. Joc Pederson takes this one in a close call, thanks to an absurd .467/.619/1.133 line with three home runs. Cody Bellinger was just a hare behind, with a team-best four homers while hitting .500/.524/1.100.Honorable mention goes to Austin Barnes, who was 5-for-8 with two walks (.700 on-base percentage) and two home runs in his 10 plate appearances. Last year Barnes hit his second home run of the season on Sept. 4, in his 215th PA.The 18 runs scored by the Dodgers on Saturday night matched their second-highest total at home since moving to Dodger Stadium in 1962. In addition to 18 runs in a win against San Diego in 1977 Bob Uecker Jersey , the club record at Chavez Ravine is 21 runs, scored last Aug. 2 against Milwaukee.Pitcher of the weekHyun-jin Ryu took to the title of opening day starter quite well, striking out eight with no walks in six strong innings against Arizona. Ryu narrowly beats out Ross Stripling, who pitched into the sixth and didn’t allow a run one day later.Honorable mention goes to Russell Martin, who retired all three batters faced to close out Saturday’s win, continuing a Dodgers legacy.Upon further review, Skip Schumaker actually wore number 3 during his pitching performances in 2013 before switching to 55 in July, to honor Orel Hershiser, his favorite player growing up.Week 1 results3-1 record42 runs scored (10.50 per game)22 runs allowed (5.50 per game).766 pythagorean recordMiscellanyGone baby gone: Power was on full display on opening day with the Dodgers matching their franchise record with eight home runs in a drubbing of Arizona. Joc Pederson and Kike Hernandez each hit two home runs. The eight long balls set a major league record for opening day, with no other team ever hitting more than six. In 2018 the Dodgers led the National League in home runs, setting a franchise record with 235 jacks. They didn’t hit their eighth home run of the season until their 11th game.Four runs / Longtime: The last two Friday night games at Dodger Stadium have been doozies. After setting a World Series record for longest game with an 18-inning thriller in Game 3 against Boston, the Dodgers in their second game of this season needed 13 innings before falling to Arizona. At six hours, five minutes, this was the longest regular season game in Dodger Stadium history. The only game longer, by time, was the aforementioned Game 3, at seven hours, 20 minutes.The previous longest Dodger Stadium game was May 24, 1973 against the Mets, a five hour, 42 minute contest that New York won in 19 innings. Four other Dodgers games have lasted at least six hours, all on the road, and all at least 20 innings.Mound man: The return of Russell Martin to the Dodgers after eight seasons away was surreal enough, but then Saturday night brought things into a new realm. The Dodgers were having their way with Arizona on Saturday, and with an 18-5 lead entering the ninth inning, one night after the six-hour marathon Tyler Flowers Jersey , the Dodgers turned to Martin to close out the game and ease some burden on the bullpen.It was the first pitching performance of Martin’s career — he has played every position except first base and center field — but what made it unique was closing out a victory. Martin was the first primary position player since Willie Smith of Detroit in 1963 to close out the ninth inning of a win, per Matt Kelly of Martin was also the first position player to do so in 1-2-3 fashion since at least 1925.TransactionsMonday: Pitchers Dustin May, Kevin Quackenbush and Stetson Allie, catcher Josh Thole, infielder Daiel Castro, and outfielders Paulo Orlando and Ezequiel Carerra were reassigned to minor league camp. Opening day rosterStarting pitchers (5): Hyun-jin Ryu, Ross Stripling, Kenta Maeda, Walker Buehler, Julio UriasRelievers (8): Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, Dylan Floro, Caleb Ferguson, Yimi Garcia, Brock StewartCatchers (2): Austin Barnes, Russell MartinInfielders (5): Max Muncy, Kike Hernandez, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, David FreeseOutfielders (5): Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, A.J. Pollock, Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo Game resultsThursday: Dodgers 12 , Diamondbacks 5Friday: Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 4 (13)Saturday: Dodgers 18, Diamondbacks 5Sunday: Dodgers 8, Diamondbacks 7The week aheadThe Dodgers run the Yorvit Torrealba gauntlet, hosting the Giants for three games followed by a weekend set at Coors Field against the Rockies, and will face four consecutive southpaws to start the week. The Monday ESPN telecast, as well as the MLB Network telecasts on Wednesday and Friday, are blacked out in LA.Week 2 scheduleMon, Apr 1Tue, Apr 2Wed, Apr 3Thu, Apr 4Fri, Apr 5Sat, Apr 6Sun, Apr 7Mon, Apr 1Tue, Apr 2Wed, Apr 3Thu, Apr 4Fri, Apr 5Sat, Apr 6Sun, Apr 7StatsWeek 1 battingPlayerABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFPABAOBPSLGOPSBABIPPlayerPlayerABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOHBPSHSFPABAOBPSLGOPSBABIPPlayerWeek 1 pitchingPitcherGGSWLSvIPHRERHRBBIBBSOHBPERAWHIPFIPPitcherPitcherGGSWLSvIPHRERHRBBIBBSOHBPERAWHIPFIPPitcher

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